This month marks the one-year anniversary of the undersea earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Northern Japan. In observance of the tragedy, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) is exhibiting “Silent Existence” by the fine-art photographer Tetsugo Hyakutake. Through his images, Hyakutake has said that he wishes to explore “contemporary issues in relation to their historical contexts.” For “Silent Existence,” the contemporary and historical meld into one, as the images show the destruction caused by the tsunami soon after it occurred. The resulting photos have a quiet sadness to them, featuring the things the wave left behind.
Tonight, March 29, PPAC is hosting an artist talk with Hyakutake and reception at its gallery, located at 1400 N. American Street #103 in Philadelphia. Proceeds from the reception will be shared with the Japan Society for their Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Hyakutake has also donated two prints to be auctioned off during the course of the exhibit with proceeds going to the Japan Society. The exhibit will be open through June 11, 2012.